Mount Morrison East Face Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Morrison, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Mount Morrison is one of the most prominent peaks of Denver's Front Range and the metro area. It is located right behind Red Rocks Amphitheater. The route is very simple just follow the path up to the left after the closed gate. however don't let the low elevation and simple access fool you this is not an easy hike. The 1st mile of the hike follow a power line up the ridge you will switch back a minor amount but for the most part you go straight up. The trail is very loose soil and will be slick. When wet this section of the trail turns into a mud slide (could be fun and painful at the same time). After the initial up section you will get a break followed by another short climb up more loose soil. The next half mile is easy walking with great views, this would be a good time to check the weather and make sure you have time for another hour of hiking. Once you get to the final ridge the hike turns into a class 2 maybe low class 3 scramble. I say class 3 because you will need to use your hands to pull yourself up. The exposer is minor and a fall would just hurt a lot however when wet the section would not be fun. You will soon be at the summit with great views of Denver and the Divide to the west.
Challenging steep route but amazing views, no snow or ice on the trail! The trail is on the left after pulling into Lot 4. Some rock scrambling up top and very few (maybe 2) switchbacks... otherwise, it's straight up!
Steep but exciting trail offering great views
Great workout, fun rock scrambling at the top! Hardly any snow or ice.
fun and challenging hike great way to start the new year on January 1st 50 degrees light ice on trail.
I was only in Denver for a couple of days and accidentally stumbled on this trail while leaving Red Rock. I am so glad I did. This is a challenging trail with very little rest from the climb, but the views at the top make it well worth it.
This trail is brutally steep almost the entire way to the top. The views are amazing with a panoramic view of Denver and make the difficult trek worth it. There were a decent number of people on the trail, and I saw several dogs and a young child make it to the top. You can too!
This was an awesome hike and great one to train for 14ers on. Almost entirely incline and roughly 2,000 ft of elevation gain. When you turn onto Titans road the trailhead is pretty much within the first 50yds on the left. NOTE, Mt Morrison is the one with the red and white antenna sticking up. Failure to notice this may result in being tricked my the handful of false summits. The final summit is definitely class 3 and requires some scrambling. I basically summited in 65 min from trailhead. At the last leg, i couldnt finish as I had my daughter on my back and didn't want to risk a fall.
This is a challenging trail that really has very few level areas. The power line part of the trail has loose rock that creates a challenge mostly on the way down. Minor bouldering at the summit with great views the whole way. It took me 2.3 hours which included stops for pictures and water. It is hard, but easy to follow. The app was great!
Great hike, a little challenging due to steepness. fun little scramble at top.
Trailhead was easy to find with this app.